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Wanderlei Silva Out, Vitor Belfort in Against Chael Sonnen at UFC 175

Written by Tom Ngo
May 28th, 2014
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There’s gonna be some non-TRT on non-TRT crime going down at UFC 175. The promotion reported Wednesday that Wanderlei Silva is out of his July 5 shootout against Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort (pictured) will serve as substitute – IF Belfort receives a license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Silva, who lives in Las Vegas and was there just this past weekend attending UFC 173, reportedly missed a meeting and declined a random drug test with the NSAC in order to get licensed for the tango.

“Due to issues related to Wanderlei Silva’s licensing in the state of Nevada, the UFC was forced to seek a replacement opponent to face Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on Saturday, July 5 in Las Vegas,” the UFC expressed in a statement. “Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort has accepted the fight with Sonnen, subject to Belfort receiving a license to compete from the Nevada Athletic Commission.”

Belfort has been out of action since knocking out Dan Henderson in November. While Belfort hasn’t been seen in six months doesn’t mean his name hasn’t been in the MMA headlines.

“The Phenom” was slated to challenge middleweight champion Chris Weidman for the title at UFC 173, but the promotion pulled Belfort from the card in February immediately after the NSAC voted unanimously to ban TRT.

Belfort has become the poster child for TRT due to his late-career resurgence on the controversial treatment, which has created complications in getting licensed to fight in Nevada. According to Globo.com, Belfort has passed all the requirements laid down by the NSAC in order to obtain licensure.

He will meet with the board on June 17 to request a license.

Sonnen, who is a longtime TRT user, was licensed last month after swearing to the NSAC that he’s no longer on the doctor prescribed regimen. The 35-year-old previously claimed he would “die” if he wasn’t on TRT.

Sonnen will be looking to bounce back from a lopsided loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 167. The chatty wrestler has dropped three of his last four fights.

The new matchup is expected to take place at light heavyweight.

Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the festivities.

Here is the card’s revised lineup:

Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos

Ildemar Alcantara vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione

Thiago Marreta vs. Uriah Hall

Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres

Vitor Belfort vs. Chael Sonnen

Alexis Davis vs. Ronda Rousey (UFC bantamweight champion)

Lyoto Machida vs. Chris Weidman (UFC middleweight champion)

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